Atkinsons Not Necessarily Package

Josh Atkinson, the 6-1, 180-pound defensive back prospect from Livermore (Calif.) Granada, says he isn't a package deal with his twin brother, George, but he said "it would be nice"...

Josh Atkinson, the 6-1, 180-pound defensive back prospect from Livermore (Calif.) Granada, has some family issues.

Well, not really issues. His father is former NFL defensive back George Atkinson, who is now part of the Oakland Raiders radio commentating team.

His twin brother, George Atkinson, is a heavily recruited athlete himself in the 2011 class (BRO just did a story on him).

So, there's obviously a lot of football being discussed in the Atkinson household, and now some of that focus is shifting to recruiting.

"Everything is moving fast with recruiting so I'm getting used to it," said Atkinson.

Josh has three scholarship offers to date, and says a handful more are keeping a close watch and could be close to offering.

"My offers are from Washington, San Jose State and Arizona and then a couple of other schools are evaluating me," said Atkinson.

Those schools include Cal, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State, Miami, Notre Dame and USC.

"I'm wide open right now, I want to take some visits and sit and wait for my options," said Atkinson.

Atkinson said he didn't have a favorite school growing up, but is beginning to learn more about several schools.

His brother, George, who is close to 6-3 and 190, is getting recruited as an athlete, possibly as a running back or wide receiver. Josh is getting attention as a defensive back, projecting as a safety on the college level.

He said, "A lot of schools like the way I play bump and run and how I want to be 1-on-1 covering somebody."

George has eight offers himself, and the two twin brothers have talked about playing together at the next level. "It's not the most important thing for me or him, but it would be nice," said Atkinson.

Playing in the EBAL the past couple of years has pitted Atkinson against quarterbacks like Joe Southwick (Boise State), Brett Nottingham (Stanford) and Sean Mannion (Oregon State) among others.

"Playing in the EBAL, I love the competition," said Atkinson. "That's my main thing. If you aren't good, people will dog you even more, so I love playing against the best and proving myself."

Academically, Atkinson has a 2.9 GPA and will take the SAT in May.

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